31 October 2007
“Hello, my name is Ali and I’m a start-a-holic”
[Group]: “HI ALI!”
“I’ve been starting projects for several weeks now. I start one or sometimes even two a week. But I never finish them. Start-a-holism is destroying my life. My house is littered with unfinished projects. Looking at them depresses me. My partner is becoming increasingly exasperated, and… [sobs]… I… just d-d-don’t know what to dooooooooo [uncontrollable weeping]”
Seriously though, looking around me I can see half a mitten, half a top, just over half of a [secret thing because she reads this blog], one third of a sock, one third of another sock, five eighth of a shirt, seven eighths of a jacket, a quarter of a hat and a skirt that made it to the finish line only to be disqualified (too big) and sent back to the start. I think I may have a problem.
Unfinished things still have the potential to be perfect. Once completed, their flaws, mistakes and imperfections need to be ackowledged and lived with. Nothing seems to come off my list of projects these days, but I keep adding new things. So, in the absence of a magical self-discipline pill, I have decided to apply some corporate learnings and whip out the Gannt charts, the KPIs and the performance reviews. There will be goals, lessons learnt, and maybe even some power point presentations.
Here is the list of unfinished projects, presented in graphical form:
This week’s goals are:
- Finish the jacket.
- Add 5% to the [secret thing].
- Add 20% to the xmas socks.
Next meeting: Wednesday 7 November, for a presentation of updated milestones and KPIs aplenty.